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Our breath represents our very life.

Without our breath we can’t exist on earth.

Yet how often do we focus on this most essential component of our existence? Do we ever pause to offer even a moment’s gratitude to our breath?

Ever? … If not, that’s like forgetting your wedding anniversary or neglecting to phone your mother on Mother’s Day – forgivable perhaps, but only just …

So before starting any breathing exercise, offer love and gratitude to the breath itself. This is not only a courteous gesture, it is a practical means to make the exercise more effective – for it is always easier to focus on something we love. You will find the exercise flows more smoothly, enjoyably, easily and you will bring much-needed intensity to the task …

It is our breath that connects us directly with every living thing – every plant, animal and human being – on the planet. We are all breathing the same air, sharing the same life-giving force. Our breath reminds us that we are one with all.


Exercise:

Choose a quiet place. Sit so that the spine is straight, yet relaxed. Close the eyes and focus all attention on your breath.

After a while, picture our planet earth, slowly revolving inside your heart.

You are breathing in time with the earth itself and every living thing. The earth is breathing your breath, as is every plant, animal and human being in perfect synchronicity. There is only one breath – your breath, under your control. You are breathing on behalf of all living beings, on behalf of Life itself. Imagine that if you would stop breathing, life and our earth would cease …

This exercise connects us with our life-giving breath, expands our self-awareness and offers us a private audience with the wonder of Oneness.

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